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Question DetailsAsked on 12/6/2014

Is 13,000 a fair price for a new gas furnace and ductwork installed in Boston?

Quote is for Trane xv95 2-stage. We currently have no existing ductwork but the basement is unfinished and joists are exposed. This would be used to heat our 1000 square foot first floor and eventual finished 1000 ft basement. Our current heat source is electric baseboard.

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A lot depends of course on your specific situation and house configuration, and I am assuming you already have natural gas plumbed into the immediate area, but my advice would be get 3 competing quotes - this charge sounds like about what one would expect for a full 2-story 3000 SF house install with ducts to me.

Common charge (with markup) for that furnace is around $3000-4000 for the unit (wholesale cost $1500-3300 depending on size and options, but for 2000 SF you would be in the midrange for size). Say $2000 ballpark for installation (which could be quite high by $1000 for a new install, which is easier than adapting to existing ductwork - basically just hooking gas and electric to it and startup. Add a thousand or a bit more for ducting (assuming you have headroom for ducts to hang under the joists where running crosswise to them, though that can be done up against a wall to reduce headroom loss) - max $2000 with open flooring joists and only heating one floor - that puts you in the $5000-8000 range by my calculations, so seem quite high to me unless this includes bring gas service to the house from the street, which in areas like Boston can run several thousand especially if it involves getting city workers involved for blocking the street and repairing street and sidewalk and such - but still sounds high even if that is the case. However, Boston is one of the areas with extraordinarily high plumbing and HVAC and electrician prices, so who knows - but that is why you get 3 competing quotes.

Make sure they are bidding equivalent scope of work and unit size and efficiency, so you are comparing apples to apples.

Hopefully BayAreaAC or one of the other HVAC contrators who track this site will jump in here with an opinion - and also some thoughts on the xv95 furnace, which from both HVAC and user blogs seems to havae more than its share of complaints about failed control boards and ignitors. Be sure with whatever furnace you get to register its warranty - especially with onces like this that have a lifetime heat exchanger warranty (a rarity) and 10 year warranty on other parts and controllers - though undoubtedly the warranty is parts only, not labor - but still worth a bunch on electronic control furnaces with their tendencies to frequent and expensive failures.

A word of advice on the baseboards if you leave them in as an emergency backup - be sure to blow themout before turning on after long period of no use, and check with manufacturer on recommended use cycling - most manufacturers recommned they be used for an hour or two every so often (probably every few months), especially with oil-filled units as the oil tends to separate and gel if left unused for prolonged periods.

Here are a couple of other prior question links that might be of use to you - andyou can see a lot of prior questions with ballpark HVAC system cost numbers in the Home > HVAC link in Browse Projects, at lower left -

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